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So We Read On -- How "The Great Gatsby" Came to Be and Why it Endures

Corrigan, Maureen

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ISBN 10: 0316230073 / ISBN 13: 9780316230070
Published by Little Brown and Company, New York, 2014
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Maureen Corrigan, book critic on NPR's "Fresh Air" and literature teacher at Georgetown University, offers a fresh perspective on why this classic, which took a long time to reach Pantheon levels in the ranks of great American literature, endures and why it is important. This is no dry academic tome, but a lively, witty, and insightful look at what is now considered by many critics and lay readers alike, as America's greatest novel. This is an UNREAD copy in AS NEW condition, SIGNED by the author. Number line starts with 1. Bookseller Inventory # 1411114

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Title: So We Read On -- How "The Great Gatsby" Came...

Publisher: Little Brown and Company, New York

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Named an "Editors Choice" by The New York Times and a "Best Book of 2014" by Library Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Kansas City Star The "Fresh Air" book critic investigates the enduring power of The Great Gatsby -- "The Great American Novel we all think we've read, but really haven't."

Conceived nearly a century ago by a man who died believing himself a failure, it's now a revered classic and a rite of passage in the reading lives of millions. But how well do we really know The Great Gatsby? As Maureen Corrigan, Gatsby lover extraordinaire, points out, while Fitzgerald's masterpiece may be one of the most popular novels in America, many of us first read it when we were too young to fully comprehend its power.

Offering a fresh perspective on what makes Gatsby great-and utterly unusual-So We Read On takes us into archives, high school classrooms, and even out onto the Long Island Sound to explore the novel's hidden depths, a journey whose revelations include Gatsby's surprising debt to hard-boiled crime fiction, its rocky path to recognition as a "classic," and its profound commentaries on the national themes of race, class, and gender.

With rigor, wit, and infectious enthusiasm, Corrigan inspires us to re-experience the greatness of Gatsby
and cuts to the heart of why we are, as a culture, "borne back ceaselessly" into its thrall. Along the way, she spins a new and fascinating story of her own.

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Maureen Corrigan is the book critic for NPR's Fresh Air, the Critic-in-Residence at Georgetown University, and winner of the Edgar Award for Criticism. She is the author of Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading (Random House, 2005).

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